Mobile food pantry opens for NE Tenn. students

Mobile food pantry opens for NE Tenn. students

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BRISTOL (AP) - A mobile food pantry has been set up in northeastern Tennessee to serve the growing number of students in need.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports the pantry will serve families with students attending schools in Sullivan and Unicoi counties.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee said it was able to set up the program with a $20,000 grant from Procter & Gamble. The organization handed out all sorts of food at a recent event including chicken, cheese, cabbage and milk.

Food bank spokeswoman Kathy Smith says the initiative grew out of a need to expand the existing backpack program in which food is sent home in children's backpacks on Fridays so they will have enough food over the weekend.

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